Bruno Fornaroli of Melbourne City will be a danger man when his side plays the Roar.
Bruno Fornaroli of Melbourne City will be a danger man when his side plays the Roar. TRACEY NEARMY

Aloisi calls for 'strong stance' on simulation

FOOTBALL: Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi has put Football Federation Australia on notice, calling for simulation to be weeded out of the A-League.

The Roar plays Melbourne City tonight at Suncorp Stadium and after last week's incident when City player Neil Kilkenny went down after the slightest contact in the face from Adelaide United's Isias, Aloisi said it was time for the FFA to take action.

Alosi said he was not sure if Kilkenny - who was not even yellow-carded - had been spoken to about the incident but was sure that both the FFA and referees were on top of the situation.

"I am not sure whether he (Kilkenny) got the message but he should have got the message by now,” the Roar coach said.

"If it's someone that's trying to get a foul, it should be a yellow card if he's going down too easy ... and then it'll stop them next time, and if they do it again, it's another yellow, (and) then they're red-carded.”

"It has to be a strong stance, and I'm sure the referees have been told there'll be a strong stance.”

Aloisi said he believed tonight's referee would be all over any player who was looking to simulate or dive but it was important to concentrate on their own game.

"Peter Green is a good referee,” he said.

"The referees are definitely aware of it because they watch games and analyse games like we do.

"I know that in certain countries ... they practise players to go down a little bit easier. That's not in the Australian culture, we don't want it in our game,” he said.

"A foul's a foul but if someone just gets touched and goes down easy, I'm sure the referees are aware of it and will try to pick up on it.

"They want to stamp it out of our game because in the Australian culture we don't like it, we don't want it.”

Aloisi also put his players on notice when facing up to the likes of Bruno Fornaroli and Tim Cahill.

He said Cahill would definitely play despite an achilles injury keeping him out of last week's clash with Adelaide, while Fornaroli, last season's golden boot winner, would bring his own set of problems for the home defence.

"We know that Fornaroli likes to pin players around the box,” he said.

"What I mean by pinning (is) he actually holds you. I don't even know if that's allowed, but he does, and uses his body well.

"We've worked on how we can defend against that, and hopefully the players will be able to defend against it.”


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